The Inaugural Meeting of the International Advisory Committee of the International Centre for Higher Education Innovation under the auspices of UNESCOJune 20, 2017
On 17 June, 2017, the Inaugural Meeting of the International Advisory Committee of the International Centre for Higher Education Innovation under the auspices of UNESCO (UNESCO-ICHEI) was held in Wuzhou Guest House, Shenzhen.
UNESCO-ICHEI, based in Southern University of Science and Technology is the 10th UNESCO Category 2 Centre and the 1st one on higher education. The meeting was held according to the Agreement between UNESCO and Shenzhen Municipal Government concerning the Establishment of an International Centre for Higher Education Innovation in Shenzhen, China as a UNESCO Category 2 Centre, which was signed in May, 2016, thus served as a milestone on the path of UNESCO-ICHEI’s development..
The Meeting achieved fruitful outcomes by validating the Terms of Reference (TOR) for the International Advisory Committee and revising UNESCO-ICHEI’s Outline of Mid-term Strategic Plan (2018-2022), which paved the way for UNESCO-ICHEI’s future development. A list of members of the International Advisory Committee were finalized, together with the Chairman elected, which is an important step towards the establishment of the organizational structure of UNESCO-ICHEI.
13 members of the International Advisory Committee, led by Prof. Freddy BOEY, the Deputy President and Provost, Nanyang Technological University attended the meeting. Ms SUN Yan, Director of Outreach, Innovation Cooperation Centre, Tencent Education attended the meeting as an observer. Prof. LI Ming, Director of ICHEI, Dr. HAN Wei, Deputy Director of ICHEI, Prof. ZHAO Jianhua, Senior Expert of ICHEI and other staff were present at meeting.
Prof. LI Ming gave an opening speech and introduced the members of the International Advisory Committee and handed over Letters of Appointment to them. The 13 Members include experts from UNESCO, UNESCO-IIEP, scholars from Singapore Nanyang Technological University, Australian Curtin University, The University of Hong Kong, Peking University, Beijing Jiaotong University and Southern University of Science and Technology, Executive Director of the Cambodia Development Resource Institute and representatives from Huawei Enterprise Business Group and Weidong Cloud Education Group. Professor Freddy BOEY, the Deputy President and Provost, Nanyang Technological University, was nominated and approved to be the chairmen of the International Advisory Committee.
Dr. MA Jinyuan, the Secretary of the International Advisory Committee read the TOR, which specifies the name, constitution, structure, appointment rules, duties and tenure of the International Advisory Committee. All the members of the Committee were actively and enthusiastically involved in the discussion and revision of the TOR.
Prof. LI Ming reported on the major work carried out by UNESCO-ICHEI since its establishment on June 8, 2016. Prof. ZHAO Jianhua presented the UNESCO-ICHEI’s Strategic Work Plan（2018-2022）to the Committee for comments and suggestions. The Members had detailed discussion on the content, especially focusing on how to integrate resources and how to efficiently carry out project, which was summarized by ZHAO Jianhua. Professor Freddy BOEY and Director LI Ming concluded the Meeting by providing advice for UNESCO-ICHEI based on available resources and according to logical analysis and priority, to carry out scientific and rational projects and research.